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What are things I should consider for my pet before using any flea or tick removal product?

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Check with your vet before you use any flea or tick product. This is key if your dog is:

In these cases, the vet might suggest you use a special comb to pick up fleas, eggs, and ticks. Then you can drown the pests in a bowl of hot, soapy water.

  • Taking other drugs
  • Old
  • Sick
  • A puppy
  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Allergic to flea products

SOURCES:

FDA: ''Safe Use of Flea and Tick Products in Pets.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: ''Safety in the Great Outdoors,'' ''Popular Flea Products Can Hurt Your Cat,'' ''Ticks.''

Environmental Protection Agency: ''Taking care of fleas and ticks on your pet,'' ''Frequent Questions.''

American Animal Hospital Association: ''Fleas.''

Veterinary Information Network: ''Flea Control.''

Merck Veterinary Manual: ''Delivery Systems.''

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 09, 2019

SOURCES:

FDA: ''Safe Use of Flea and Tick Products in Pets.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: ''Safety in the Great Outdoors,'' ''Popular Flea Products Can Hurt Your Cat,'' ''Ticks.''

Environmental Protection Agency: ''Taking care of fleas and ticks on your pet,'' ''Frequent Questions.''

American Animal Hospital Association: ''Fleas.''

Veterinary Information Network: ''Flea Control.''

Merck Veterinary Manual: ''Delivery Systems.''

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 09, 2019

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